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18-year-old in same wheelchair for a decade

A teenager with cerebral palsy has launched her own online campaign against the amount of time disabled people in Hampshire are having to wait for replacement wheelchairs.

Ailsa Speak from Gosport is still having to use the same chair she was given a decade ago when she was a child.

She says it causes her pain and discomfort and without a new one her life will be restricted:

Report finds residents suffered abuse at care home

All agencies involved have welcomed the report's recommendations Credit: PA

Residents of a care home in Dorset suffered abuse and received inadequate standards of care, according to a new report.

The Purbeck Care Home in Wareham, which closed last October, had 40 residents with learning difficulties.

Learning points highlighted were better sharing of information and stronger links with families

A Serious Case Audit was launched by Dorset County Council in 2012 when a member of staff raised concerns of verbal abuse, neglect, and a lack of staff on night-time duty.

The report, published today, suggests that vulnerable people with complex needs should be cared for in local communities, or in care home placements near their family.

In 2013, a worker was jailed for six months for physical and verbal abuse on a female resident.


Parents urged not to be alarmed by Hep A outbreak

Almost 800 children and teachers in Portsmouth are to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A after an outbreak of the disease.

The viral infection is usually associated with far away destinations like Africa and India.

But several cases have been reported in Portsmouth, including at at a junior school in the North End area.

As investigations continue, the decision has been taken to vaccinate all children and staff at Isambard Brunel Juniors, Meredith Infant and Pre-school, and Izzies Nursery School - which are all on the same site.

Tonight's ITV Meridian programme had all the information:

Hepatitis A vaccination extended to more children

A single case of Hepatitis A was confirmed in Portsmouth last month Credit: PA

As Public Health England (PHE) continues investigations into a cluster of illnesses caused by Hepatitis A in Portsmouth, a decision has been made to extend vaccination of children attending schools where further cases have been confirmed.

Dr Anand Fernandes, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health England (PHE) Wessex has advised that all children and staff at Isambard Brunel Junior School, Meredith Infant School, Meredith Preschool and Izzies Nursery School in the city will be offered Hepatitis A vaccination.

As advised previously, we continue to monitor the situation and following consultation with national immunisation experts, we have concluded that vaccinating all staff and students at these schools and nursery is a reasonable precautionary step to take even though there have been no cases at the nursery and preschool.

– Dr Anand Fernandes
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Death rates fall because of special measures

The Essex hospital is no longer in special measures Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new report claims deaths have been avoided at an Essex hospital thanks to it being placed in special measures for a year.

The Basildon and Thurrock University NHS Trust Hospital was one of 11 NHS trusts placed in special measures in July 2013. They were finally removed last June.

A report by the healthcare analysts Dr Foster says the overall death rate across the 11 trusts had fallen by nearly 10%,- compared to the national average of 3.3%. The report estimates that it's saved around 450 lives.

Basildon Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Our analysis gives us some hard evidence that special measures can be an effective tool for turning around NHS trusts that experience problems."

– Roger Taylor, Dr Foster's director of research and public affairs

"Mortality statistics require careful interpretation, but they do provide an important smoke signal. What this report shows is that by following the smoke and carrying out proper, transparent analysis and supporting as necessary, you can help hospitals make significant improvements for their local communities."

– Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, national medical director at NHS England,


Oban mumps outbreak serves timely reminder for vaccinations

People in Bracknell Forest are being encouraged to check they are up to date with their vaccinations.

It comes after the recent outbreak of mumps in young adults in Oban - reminding us that infectious diseases serve a significant risk to health.

Infectious diseases continue to represent a significant risk to health. Credit: PA

For parents with babies and young children it can be easy to lose track of when vaccinations are due, but there is now help at hand as NHS Choices have produced a free, online planner that can be tailored to your child's date of birth.

Young mother sells everything in fight for cancer treatment

A young mother from Sussex who has terminal cancer - is selling everything she has - to try to get a few more months with her family.

Samantha Beavan, from Brighton, has cervical cancer that has spread to her lungs and brain.

The 28-year-old has already given up her home, sold her car and even some of the children's toys to raise the money to pay for pioneering cancer treatment in Mexico.

She has told her harrowing story - on World Cancer Day - to raise awareness about cervical cancer...and the young age at which it can strike. Kerry Swain has our report.

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Mum with terminal cancer fundraising for treatment

A young mother-of-two who has cervical cancer is trying to raise at least £60,000 for medical treatment which she says could prolong her life.

Samantha Beaven, 28, from Sussex has already given up her home, sold her car and some of her children's toys to pay for pioneering cancer treatment in Mexico. The cancer has spread to her lungs and brain. She says that all she can do is hope for the best.

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